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6 Lunches under $6 in the Chicago Loop

While we love exploring the Loop’s endless lunch options, eating out can get expensive. That’s why we put together a list of cheap eats that will make your wallet and stomach happy.   

Chicken Planet – Chicken Meals – $4-6

Get the most bang for your cluck…I mean buck at Chicken Planet. Located at 177 W. Van Buren in the Financial District, Chicken Planet is known for its unbelievably priced grilled chicken meals.  Enjoy a juicy and tender quarter cut of chicken with BBQ sauce or salsa, pita bread and a side for $4-6 depending on your light or dark meat preference.

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Max’s Take Out – Chicago Style Dog – $2.80

This tiny fast-food spot at 20 E. Adams offers a variety of diet-crushing dishes almost all under $8. A step away from the Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park, Max’s Take Out is the perfect spot to bring out-of-towners for their first Chicago-style hot dog. For $2.80, you can enjoy the classic dog topped with yellow mustard, chopped white onions, pickle relish, a dill pickle, tomato slices, pickled sport peppers and a dash of celery salt.  

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Cafecito – Cubano – $5.99

Once a hidden gem, the secret is out about Cafecito. While the lines may have gotten longer, the price of the city’s best Cubano has stayed incredibly affordable. At $5.99, Loop lunch-goers can enjoy a perfectly executed Cubano (pictured) that features citrus-garlic marinated pork and ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard – all pressed until gooey perfection. If you’re a coffee-lover, the café also specializes in Cuban coffee that puts the large coffee chain’s taste and prices to shame.

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Oasis Café – Kebab Sandwiches – $5.49

Located in the back of a jewelry store on historic Jeweler’s Row, Oasis Café brings a whole new meaning to hidden gem. Visitors must walk through rows of diamonds to get to this small Mediterranean café with surprisingly ample seating. The Kefta Kebab Sandwich, Shish Kebab Sandwich and Chicken Kebab Sandwich, all priced at $5.49, are a few of our pre-payday favorites.

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Bombay Wraps – Wrap – $3.99

There are few places in Chicago you can get the complex flavors of slow cooked Indian cuisine within minutes, but Bombay Wraps at 122 N. Wells specializes in just that. Lunchtime crowds line up for wraps and bowls inspired by the street food that the owners, Falguni and Ali Dewjee, grew up eating in India. All menu items are offered in a flaky Paratha or whole wheat wrap and are under $6. If you are extra hungry, add on crispy and flaky Samosas stuffed with potato and peas and served with fresh cilantro mint chutney, well worth the extra $2.79.

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Café B – Brat Pizza – $6

Who doesn’t love the Berghoff? The historic restaurant has been a popular Loop lunch spot since the late 1800’s. Café B, a quick-service restaurant located below the main dining room, is the perfect spot for Loop workers looking for the delectable dishes served upstairs but are crunched for time. The menu features everything from the restaurant’s famous German dishes to classic Italian cuisine. The Brat Pizza is the best of both worlds, and priced at $6.

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*Please note that all menu items and prices are subject to change.


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